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Welcome to Brewingbrowser.com. If you just came to our site, you probably would like to know how to make your beer taste delicious. In this post, we will present you with the decisive factors that affect the quality of your beers. In other words, if you wish to make your beer taste better, read on.

Fresh ingredients give your beer vibrancy and a more enjoyable taste.

The easiest and most important thing to do to make beer taste better is to get the freshest and best possible ingredients. Fresh ingredients are way more important than most homebrewers realise. Both inexperienced and veteran brewers are guilty of ignoring this important rule! Make sure your yeast, hops and your grains are fresh.

How to evaluate and treat your ingredients

Readers often ask: How can we determine whether our ingredients are fresh? Below you will find a primer on how to keep tabs on your ingredients and make sure they are fresh: 

Hops

A very good strategy is to use and train your sense of smell when it comes to hops. Open up and smell a pack of hops that you know are fresh. Get an understanding of how they smell and the taste they impart. You can store the remainder of a package for some time and smell it at a later date. Compare it to a fresh pack and experience the difference. Generally, make sure that you use recently produced and packaged hops. If you can find out how these hops were stored, do it. Storage conditions make a huge difference.

Grains

The most critical factor that affects freshness is the time of milling. You can store grain for a long time, provided that you keep it under dry and cool conditions. If you’re buying something online, we highly recommend purchasing unmilled grains so that you can mill them yourself. Otherwise, go to your local homebrew shop, have them mill them up on-site, and that’s going to make sure that your grains are as fresh as possible.

Yeast

Arguably, yeast is the most important component that affects beer quality. These tiny microbes need to be fighting fit, ready to convert sugars into alcohol under pretty harsh conditions. To ensure that your yeast is up to scratch, check the expiration date on your yeast. If possible, knowing the manufacturing or packaging date is even better since yeast ages and steadily loses viability. One other way to ensure you have a healthy yeast culture is to make a yeast starter. It is easy to do (and will be described in a future post).

There you have it. These are some of the easiest ways on how to make your beer taste more delicious. As you can imagine, there are other ways you can consistently produce better tasting brews. To learn more, read about some of the common mistakes brewers make that impact beer quality.

Cheers!

Image credits: Photo by Missy Fant on Unsplash

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